Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published: October 9, 2020

Poems About Being In An Abusive Relationship

20 Poems About Being In An Abusive Relationship

Domestic violence is more prevalent than many realize. People on the outside might not always see it, but far too many people live a nightmare with an abusive spouse or significant other. People are living in fear of the person who is supposed to love them. They are living through situations that bring harm to them physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s a chance to educate the public about this terrible reality. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is hope for you. You are strong, and you are worth so much more than your current situation. There are people who long to help you. We encourage you to reach out to someone you trust or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233). Someone is waiting to talk to you and help you take the next step to break free from an abusive relationship. We hope that by reading the stories of these poets, you see that you are not alone.

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  1. While I Was Bleeding

    Don't Stay In An Abusive Relationship

    in Abuse Poems

    Where do I begin to explain the beating?
    You watched as I sat there bleeding,
    You never cared about my feelings.
    My hurt had no healing.

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    I was abused sexually by an older cousin. He'd put a pillow over my face, tell me to take my nickers off, and then inflict pain on my private areas. He told me he'd kill my brothers, mam, and...

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  2. They Don't Know

    A Girl Who Was Abused For Most Of Her Life

    in Abuse Poems

    They don't know
    About struggling through the sleepless nights, anticipating that next big fight,
    About envisioning that same depressing sight, then staring at it until daylight.

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  4. Courage To Leave Abusive Relationship

    • By Misty Wildes
    • Published: November 2007

    in Abuse Poems

    From the depths of despair when my world fell apart,
    I felt all alone and heavy in heart.
    My life had been shattered by a tight-fisted hand.
    Who could I turn to; who'd understand?

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    Thank you-
    I am finally away from the abusive relationship I was stuck in. He was charged formally by the state and took a plea deal for the two misdemeanors when he held me against my will...

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  5. Returning Faith

    • By Lynette Gutwein
    • Published: April 2011
    Poem By A Victim And Survivor Of Domestic Violence

    in Abuse Poems

    You took away my innocence,
    My hopes, my dreams, my youth.
    You took from me my very soul.
    What could have been, I never knew.

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    • Rating 4.52
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    Featured Shared Story

    As I read this Poem, it touched me very deeply because I myself can relate to the same situation and there's always HOPE! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Battered Wife...

    in Abuse Poems

    Darkness surrounds her as she cries.
    Blood oozes as she dies...
    Bruised and battered, a pitiful state,
    The consequences of her partner's anger, his hate.

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    This really hit home for me. I was abused for 4 years. It took me getting my nose broke and cracked my rib. I never wanted to say a thing to anyone about it since he had me convinced he was...

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  8. Cover Girl

    • By Jasmine Rankin
    • Published: March 2013

    in Abuse Poems

    You can cover it with makeup,
    foundation caked on,
    but you can't cover the hurt;
    you can't hide the wrong.

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    • Rating 4.46
  9. The Mask

    • By Rudeenia
    • Published: July 2015
    Poem About Covering The Pain Of Abuse

    in Abuse Poems

    The mask I wear is the face you see.
    The mask is so happy, so full of life.
    The mask I wear has eyes that look like they have never seen any evil.
    The mask I wear has a smile so beautiful.

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    • Rating 4.46
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  10. Abuse

    • By Adri
    • Published: February 2008
    Domestic Violence Poem

    in Abuse Poems

    He pulls my hair.
    He slaps my face.
    He kicks me on the floor.

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    I can completely relate to your experience. Mine was exactly the same and my thoughts were equal to yours. I was beat 54 separate times and I never could bring myself to call the cops on him....

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  11. The Monster He's Become

    Poem About Domestic Violence

    in Abuse Poems

    There was a time he loved her.
    Now it's clear there's nothing there.
    He walks around so flippantly
    With no interest or a care.

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  12. Trying To Mend A Broken Heart

    • By Rhiannon
    • Published: March 2008
    Abuse By Boyfriend Poem

    in Abuse Poems

    I talk to him,
    He talks to me.
    My heart, it swells
    And begs to be free.

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    I am in the same boat. I do love him and I want my children to have a dad in their life, but it rips me apart knowing they will either see their mother being hurt or not have a father in...

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